Colonial Heights to boost dual enrollment
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
May 29, 2014, 13:37
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights High School could be seeing the addition of three dual enrollment courses this upcoming school year following a unanimous vote by the School Board on Tuesday night.
Members within the Colonial Heights school system have previously been conversing with officials from John Tyler Community College about offering several courses at the high school that would count for college credits.
After the School Board gave their approval, Colonial Heights High School can now officially formulate an agreement with John Tyler in the next month.
The courses that the high school will be pushing for include two college English courses and a College Success Skills course, according to Haidee Napier, the assistant superintendent for instructional services in Colonial Heights.
Napier said that they had previously intended to offer a dual enrollment creative writing course, however it was discovered after much discussion with John Tyler that this course has two prerequisites, which are the two they now hope to offer at the high school.
Both English classes would count for six college credits at no extra cost to the student, and would be accepted by the majority of colleges in Virginia, Napier said.
John Tyler provided documentation that “was very satisfying to me that these credits are quite transferrable in other institutions in the state of Virginia. They couldn’t guarantee outside the state of Virginia, but certainly would give our kids a leg up as they venture out into the college world,” Napier said during the meeting on Tuesday.
Chairman Mike Yates stressed the necessity for the ability to transfer credits between state schools, because otherwise the classes do not hold much value for students if they cannot receive credit for them.
Kristin Janssen, the principal at Colonial Heights High School, said that a minimum number of enrolled students would be required to continue the class for a certain year.
“If we do not have enough interest this year, absolutely I feel like we can generate enough interest the following year. I don’t think kids really understand that getting that composition class, both of them, out of the way is a real benefit,” Janssen said.